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As of last week I am also blogging on ShakeStir.com. You'll recall that I do their daily booze trivia tweets as well. The blog over there is called New Booze, and it's a place for announcements about new spirits hitting the market and also spirits with newly expanded distribution. ShakeStir is a community for bartenders and I hope they'll find this information relevant. I don't think there is a way to subscribe via RSS feed just yet but I'll work on it. The blog entries are now available by RSS! Get them here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/NewBooze I put up a backlog of... Read more →

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Modern Bar Thoughts From South Park Creators

In the December issue of Esquire, there is a tribute to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park. This struck a chord: "With religion I was always like, Does it matter if it's true if it makes you happy?" "As storytellers for fifteen years, we started looking at religions for their stories," Parker said. Stone illustrated the idea with the Parable of the Hipster Coffee Guy. Recently, Stone was at a New York hotel that was trying very hard to be cool. It had stuffed animal heads on the walls and exposed brass pipes. "I don't know if... Read more →

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In a recent post on FineCooking.com, I listed a recipe for Banana Eggnog. The recipe comes from The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink. The book includes inventive drinks like the Ladies’ Julep, made with rose petals, peaches, and champagne, Bombay Punch, made with sherry, brandy, grapes, and champagne, and the Demopolis Morning-After Punch with tea, bourbon, and molasses. This eggnog is light and non-alcoholic, but you can always add bourbon... Get the drink recipe here. Read more →

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Here are some observations about bars in Japan from my trip with Suntory whiskies. You can smoke in bars in Japan. Bars were all a little bit smoky, but none of them I visited were smoky that your eyes hurt. When you enter a cocktail bar and most other types of bars, they give you a hot wet towel to wipe your hands. Even the low-end bars give you a wet-nap version of this. This is lovely and I'd like to see some bars in the US do it. For many bars it's seated customers only. You pop your head... Read more →

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On my five-day visit to Japan with Suntory whiskies I hit 21 bars by my count. I am talking about them in groups. Next up: The Rest of Them. The difference between the various styles of bars is subtle and I'm defining them as I see them. I'll be describing whisky bars, cocktail bars, highball and standing bars, and pubs/clubs/dives. This is that last section. Rippongi Nouen is actually a restaurant but it's notable because they serve highballs with flavors like ginger and rosemary. The restaurant has big glass cubes in the back that have (or used to have, can't... Read more →

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On my five-day visit to Japan with Suntory whiskies I hit 21 bars by my count. I am talking about them in groups. Next up: Standing and Highball Bars. The difference between the various styles of bars is subtle and I'm defining them as I see them. I'll be describing whisky bars, cocktail bars, highball and standing bars, and pubs/clubs/dives. As far as I can tell, highball bars are all standing bars but I'd imagine there are standing bars that don't specialize in highballs. As you can guess, standing/highball bars are bars in which everyone is standing up drinking at... Read more →

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On my five-day visit to Japan with Suntory whiskies I hit 21 bars by my count. I am talking about them in groups. Next up: Cocktail Bars. The difference between the various styles of bars is subtle and I'm defining them as I see them. I'll be describing whisky bars, cocktail bars, highball and standing bars, and pubs/clubs/dives. Many cocktail bars look pretty much like whisky bars, since so many bars carry a massive amount of scotch. Bar High Five is run by Japan's most famous bartender, Hidetsugu Ueno (Ueno-san). It was voted one of the world's 50 best bars.... Read more →

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On my five-day visit to Japan with Suntory whiskies I hit over 20 bars. I think the best way to talk about them will be in groups. First up: Whisky Bars. The difference between the various styles of bars is subtle and I'm defining them as I see them. I'll be describing whisky bars, cocktail bars, highball and standing bars, and pubs/clubs/dives. I only hit one or two izakaya places. Whisky bars specialize in whisky, of course. Most of them have a huge range of single-malt scotch whisky (100 different bottles is a start) and also serve whisky highballs. Many... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.